Best known for her romantic suspense novels, Nora Roberts
takes a bold step in tackling the subject of mass shooting,
a common occurrence in the United States. With her talent of
creating a romance deep within suspense Roberts establishes
the story showing what happens long after the shooting.
Detailing what the characters deal with on a daily basis and
where they are now, she adds the twist of an unknown
conspirator seeking revenge on the survivors. Will they
survive this new threat? SHELTER IN PLACE has three main
characters, all survivors of the shooting on that dreadful
day. Simone was the one who called 911 which with the help
of the police stopped the shooter and saved many lives. Reed
managed to rescue a young boy from being shot. Essie was the
cop who shot one of the killers. The day changed the lives
of not only the ones involved but also their families,
friends and many more all changed by this tragedy.
SHELTER IN PLACE was a different read for me. While I am a
huge fan of Nora Roberts, I was a little unsure after
reading the synopsis. I did start with a little bit of
uncertainty but soon was drawn in by her storytelling and
loving touch. While the story is based on a mass shooting,
you soon get the romantic suspense story all Nora Roberts
fans love. After reading a few chapters, I could not put
this one down and had to finish it as quickly as possible.
Nora Roberts took a daring chance by stepping out of her
fans' comfort zone writing a topic that is so devastatingly
common in today's world. Full of twists and turns sure to
have your emotions on an all-time high of uncertainty, but
with the romance Roberts is known for, SHELTER IN PLACE a
The #1 New York Times bestselling author presents
a stunning new novel about an incomprehensible act of
violence—and the heroic acts, large and small, that follow
in its wake.
It was a typical evening at a mall outside Portland, Maine.
Three teenage friends waited for the movie to start. A boy
flirted with the girl selling sunglasses. Mothers and
children shopped together, and the manager at the video-game
store tended to customers. Then the shooters arrived.
The chaos and carnage lasted only eight minutes before the
killers were taken down. But for those who lived through it,
the effects would last forever. In the years that followed,
one would dedicate himself to a law enforcement career.
Another would close herself off, trying to bury the memory
of huddling in a ladies’ room, helplessly clutching her cell
phone—until she finally found a way to pour the emotions of
that night into her art.
But one person wasn’t
satisfied with the shockingly high death toll at the
DownEast Mall. And as the survivors slowly heal, find
shelter, and rebuild, they will discover that another
conspirator is lying in wait—and this time, there might be
nowhere safe to hide.